Position Description

San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in multimedia journalism across digital platforms starting in August 2019. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include digital/online journalism, data journalism, beginning and advanced video and audio storytelling. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research or creative works, teaching, and/or service, and through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The Journalism Department was founded in 1960 and is one of eight universities in California that is accredited through the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The department prides itself in preparing students for careers in various journalistic positions in a quickly evolving industry and works to develop adaptability and versatility in its students.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate teaching in topics listed above, mentoring and advising; developing an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative work within the field of journalism and; participation in the shared governance process through work in professional activities, committee work and student activities. Detailed position description is available at journalism.sfsu.edu.




  • Ph.D. or M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in journalism, communication or other relevant field; The terminal degree must be completed by August 1, 2019.


  • Advanced degree (M.A., M.S. or M.J. in journalism or related fields) with significant professional experience and scholarly potential.


  • Candidates should have significant professional experience producing digital media across platforms, should be an experienced and innovative storyteller, and have an active record of journalistic activity.


The successful candidate will have experience as a working journalist and experience teaching college level digital news production. More specifically, the candidate should have expertise in one of the following:

  • Digital storytelling
  • Multimedia or multiplatform storytelling
  • Digital immersive media, such as virtual or augmented reality (VR/AR), mixed reality, 360 video and/or other emerging media forms or types.
  • Data-driven journalism
  • Digital production management
  • Digital audio storytelling, such as podcasting
  • Digital video storytelling
  • Web or mobile storytelling

Candidates should demonstrate a capacity to inform their teaching with scholarship, to establish and maintain relationships with industry professionals, and to contribute to a multidisciplinary faculty community. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach in ways that respond to the learning needs and interests of a culturally diverse student population, and that reflect a commitment to encouraging the success of all students. Additionally, candidates should show a capacity for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate students, maintaining a robust research or creative works agenda, and performing school, college and community-wide service.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application:  Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement of how you have or will will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in your courses and/or scholarship/creative works; names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. Submit all materials in a single PDF document to

Cristina Azocar, Journalism Department Chair, cazocar@sfsu.edu.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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